A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger.
This is a tale where everything is true,except the bits that are made up.
In 1930s America, the Great Depression made everyone’s horizons smaller, and Elsie Lavender found herself back where she began, in the coalfields of West Virginia.
She had just one memento of her halcyon days – a baby alligator named Albert.
Then one day, her husband’s stoical patience snapped and Elsie had to choose between Homer and Albert.
She decided that there was only one thing to do: they would carry Albert home to Florida.
And so began their odyssey – a journey like no other, where Elsie, Homer and Albert encountered everything from movie stars and revolutionaries to Ernest Hemingway and hurricanes in their struggle to find love, redemption,
and a place to call home.
This is a story about one man, his wife and her alligator. It is a road trip with a twist that is really quite something. I found myself quite attached to the characters and found myself admiring them in each of their own ways. Elsie knows what she wants and is not afraid to get stuck in. Homer is a gentle man, he loves Elsie but is not sure whether she loves him back or not. Also there is Albert the alligator and also the rooster so keep an eye out for him. An intriguing tale based on a real life story.
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